FremantleMedia North America is fixing up its “Family Feud” game strip with a new host for next fall, “Home Improvement” alum Richard Karn.
Announcement came during a Wednesday breakfast held to underscore Fremantle’s recent shift away from domestic syndication (when the RTL-owned unit was known as Pearson TV) and toward network and cable series creation.
Development plans for Fremantle include fresh spins on classic gamers “Match Game” and “Truth or Consequences,” from Broadway Video and “Fear Factor” producer Dave Hurwitz, respectively.
“Except for (CBS’) ‘Price Is Right,’ we were just focusing on the syndication business. We needed to be much broader,” said Fremantle entertainment prexy David Lyle.
While Fremantle remains producer of “Feud,” Tribune Entertainment now distributes the strip. Heading into its fourth season in its present form, “Feud” is cleared in more than 85% of the U.S. Other efforts in the works for the U.S. market from Fremantle include “They Think It’s All Over,” a comic panel series currently airing on the BBC. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” exec producer Dan Patterson is attached as a showrunner.
Taking that to heart, the company is also readying a project starring O.J. Simpson house guest Kato Kaelin. Gist of the show is that cameras follow Kaelin as he knocks on strangers’ doors, hoping to find someone who’ll let him stay.